House relocation

Do you have a residential site to develop? We sell quality houses for removal throughout the North Island. Together with our panel of experts, we provide expert guidance through the sale, purchase and house relocation process. 

Uplifting Homes, relocatable house company maintains a stock of quality houses for removal and relocation. We are happy to provide advice for those exploring the option of purchasing a relocatable home.

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We support right from the start

House relocation in Hamilton provides a truly rewarding, cost-effective option for first and subsequent homeowners, developers and landlords.

We also provide a seamless process of support right from the start by…

  • Assisting our clients in choosing just the right house for their site and purpose.
  • Providing complete and detailed information about the process.
  • Representing our clients in their application for resource and building consent.

Stage one: purchasing a site

If you’ve decided to pursue the idea of house relocation, you’ll want to identify a site on which to locate your new home. You’ll need to ensure the site is suitable and that…

  • No covenants exist on the property that excludes the re-siting of a relocatable home.
  • Access to the site is unobstructed, and the entrance and access roads are wide enough to allow for a house to be transported to the site.
  • The provision of power to the site and drainage and sewerage discharge from the site is achievable and affordable.
  • Your site is not located in an extremely high wind zone, a potential flood zone, or on an area of unstable ground (if so, you can possibly still re-site a house on the land, but you’ll need additional engineering).

Stage two: finding the perfect house

There are some aspects to consider when you are evaluating houses for removal.

One of the first considerations is to ensure the house is structurally sound. Uplifting Homes stock only quality houses for removal, and most are built from strong, native timbers.

You’ll want a house with a layout that can be orientated on your site to take full advantage of the sun. It’s important to know where the sun will rise in the morning and set in the evening in relation to the main living rooms of the house.

As you’re buying an existing home, you’ll possibly want to make alterations to the layout. You may wish to open up an exterior wall with an additional exterior door onto a deck. Or maybe even replace a bathroom.

Stage three: making your home relocation project happen

We work very closely with you to achieve all the requirements of your building consent, compiling and submitting your consent application to Council.

The costs involved

At Uplifting Homes, house relocation company we’ve saved you some time by making sure the purchase price for our listed removable homes already includes the cost of relocation! Provided your home is being transported to an easily accessible flat site within 100km of the home’s current site, you can relax knowing the transportation cost has been handled. 

While the relocation cost is covered in the sale of your home, it’s important to remember that this isn’t the only cost you need to consider. There will still be some additional costs once your home has been purchased and a site inspection has been carried out. Further costs may include: 

  • Securing council consent 
  • Obtaining all mandatory reports
  • Hiring a draftsperson to draw up any necessary house plans
  • Connecting utilities such as water, sewerage, and power
  • Hiring tradespeople for internal and external renovations

The final cost of every house relocation in Auckland is so different that it would be unhelpful to provide all of our customers with the same ballpark figure. However, if you’re looking to secure a reliable quote for your unique relocation, Uplifting Homes is happy to help! Contact us today for more information about the home relocation costs involved with your project.

What you’ll need to obtain

There are a few different reports and inspections that you will have to complete before your house can be relocated. At Uplifting Homes, we can help you with this process so you can meet all the necessary obligations with ease. These prerequisites include:

Geotechnical report

This report shows your soil stability, which is vital in the house relocation process. Unstable soil could cost you up to $50,000 in additional foundations. Think of it as part of your due diligence when buying a site suitable for house relocation. If the geotechnical report identifies any concerns, you’ll possibly need an engineer to design your foundations, and it may take a few weeks to complete.

Septic and storm water reports

This clarifies what septic systems you will require. The company that does your geotechnical report can also do these. If you have a mains connection, you will not require this report.

Building report

House relocation generally involves a second-hand building report. This report attests that the house is in a sound and suitable condition to be moved. All second-hand dwellings require a second-hand building report, which is necessary before we can apply for a building consent. Within the Waikato District, the Council will do this for you. Contact them directly to make a booking.

Site inspection

We really look out for the interests of our house relocation clients and will need to come and see your site. We’ll check the access, any concerns around access in the local vicinity or en-route with trees, bridges or other obstructions blocking the route, and any concerns on the site.

It might mean that we need to cut the house, crane or winch it to manoeuvre around obstacles. If there are any additional costs relating to this work, we’ll discuss this with you during the site inspection as well. It’s the perfect time to talk over any concerns you might have too.

What you’ll need to do…

On top of acquiring all the necessary reports and undergoing a site inspection, there are also a few things you’ll need to consider when relocating a house in NZ. 

At Uplifting Homes, our house relocation experts are happy to help you with your deliberations and will be there to offer any guidance throughout the process as and when you need it. To keep the entire process running smoothly, you will need to:

Indicate any changes you wish to make to the house

We’re happy to consider any alterations you wish to make to the house when we draw up the plans for the building consent. This is the time to consider whether you’ll want to change any details on the floor plan, add decks or verandas or maybe put a shed on the site.

While you can erect sheds and decks at a later date, you’ll need to apply for, and pay for, another building consent. So you’d be wise to do it all at the same time.

Decide where on the site you want the house to go

This can be drawn on your Certificate of Title. It shows exactly where you want to place the house on your property. You’ll need to show its orientation, exactly how many metres from the boundary and any obstructions that may hinder the possible positioning of the house. Typical obstructions are things like power poles, creeks, ponds, and driveways.

Consider your finance

Some house relocation clients require second-tier lending or bridging finance. It depends on your situation, but it can sometimes be challenging to obtain finance for a relocatable home. You may wish to consider working with a finance broker as they tend to be more creative in their application.

Additional requirements you may need to consider

When it comes to house relocation, our Auckland team has helped people in all kinds of different situations as they’ve undergone the relocation process. Every situation brings its own unique set of circumstances, and there may be some extra obligations you need to consider. 

These requirements may include:

Acquiring additional resource consents

A resource consent is usually required to bring a second-hand building into an area. And your site may require additional resource consents if you are subdividing or putting a secondary building onto a site. Additional costs will be incurred for preparing these.

Moving the house to your site

When it comes to house relocation, this is the exciting part. Depending on the size and shape of your relocatable house, it may need to be transported in more than one piece. Once at the new property, it can be re-joined and then lowered onto its new foundations. The process of moving a house is always conducted at night.

A direct relocation from Point A to Point B is obviously the more cost-effective option when moving a house and is, in most situations, achievable, so long as the resource consent application has been completed.

Once your relocatable house has been lowered onto its foundations, you’ll be able to begin making any alterations.

If it is not possible to move the house directly to your new site, we can arrange storage. This is often required if your site work is held up by any additional Council requirements.

Once the house arrives on site, you’ll need to follow strict safety procedures. You’ll need to arrange safety fencing and abide by all health and safety laws pertaining to a building site.


You will need insurance for your house throughout the relocation process, and we can assist you with this. You’ll need insurance for the house on its original site from the date of purchase, transit insurance, and contract works insurance.

Waiting for your building consent

Your building consent should be through in 20 working days. If your house has been moved already, it can now be lowered onto its foundations.


This is the sum of the processes involved in a home relocation project. More information on all aspects of finishing a home, engineering requirements and building codes are available at

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